Ursula Kempe, St. Osyth, Essex, 1582

Ursula Kempe was tried for witchcraft in the village of St. Osyth, Essex, and hanged in 1582. She was accused of using magic to cure a neighbour's child, and to treat rheumatism. She was also said to have four "familiar spirits" who did her bidding. A skeleton, reputed to be hers, was dug up in St. Osyth in 1929, and became a popular tourist attraction.












Knotted tapestry

cotton, linen, synthetic yarns


174 x 176 cm